Paulo Dybala capitalised on some horrific Tottenham defending to help Juventus to a 2-1 victory in the International Champions Cup preseason tournament in Melbourne on Tuesday.
Compatriot Roberto Pereyra stole the ball from a ponderous Dominic Ball after only three minutes to allow Dybala to run clear and slot the ball past Michel Vorm and it got worse for Spurs after quarter of an hour when a poorly defended corner allowed Medhi Benatia to double the lead.
Spurs improved after half time in no small part due to the introduction of Érik Lamela, who pulled a goal back with a little over 20 minutes remaining.
Victor Wanyama won the ball back and slipped in Lamela, just as Pereyra had done for Dybala earlier in the game, and the Argentina international made no mistake in firing the ball low into the corner.
Juve held on for the victory but Lamela, who improved immeasurably for Spurs last season, gave an indication that he could be in for a big season.
Paulo Dybala proved what we all now already know and if Messi’s international retirement remains permanent, Argentina have their new talisman.
Juventus 2 – 1 Tottenham